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User Manual

VIRTUAL AMPLIFICATION V-AMP 3


Next-Generation Modeling Guitar Amplifier with
480VirtualCombos and USB Audio Interface

VIRTUAL AMPLIFICATION V-AMP 3 User Manual

Table of Contents
Thank you........................................................................ 2
Important Safety Instructions....................................... 3
Legal Disclaimer.............................................................. 3
Limited warranty............................................................. 3
Basic Operation............................................................... 4
Audio Connections.......................................................... 4
Controls and Connectors................................................ 5
Operating Modes............................................................ 7
Amp/Speaker Simulation............................................... 9
Effects Processor........................................................... 12
Tuner............................................................................... 13
MIDI................................................................................ 14
Application.................................................................... 15
Online Registration....................................................... 16
Shipment........................................................................ 16
Specifications................................................................ 16

Thank you
Thank you for choosing the V-AMP 3. This powerful and versatile guitar preamp
is the latest in the line of acclaimed V-AMP series processors, adding 4 new amp
models over its predecessor, the V-AMP 2. With 32amp models, 15 speaker
cabinet simulations and a host of high-quality digital effects, its like having a
studio full of guitar gear in a device smaller than your computer keyboard.
In addition to the many features and applications found in the V-AMP 3,
weve also included the UCA222 USB audio interface to unlock your full potential
as a recording musician. This simple interface features stereo inputs and outputs,
optical S/PDIF output, and dedicated monitoring via headphone output
and it requires no external power. Along with this bonus comes a " TRS to
stereo RCA adapter cable and low-latency drivers for Windows XP and Vista.
Visitbehringer.com to find out what this powerful software has to offer.

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Important Safety
Instructions

Terminals marked with this symbol carry


electrical current of sufficient magnitude
to constitute risk of electric shock.
Use only high-quality professional speaker cables with
" TS or twist-locking plugs pre-installed. Allother
installation or modification should be performed only
by qualifiedpersonnel.
This symbol, wherever it appears,
alertsyou to the presence of uninsulated
dangerous voltage inside the
enclosure-voltage that may be sufficient to constitute a
risk ofshock.
This symbol, wherever it appears,
alertsyou to important operating and
maintenance instructions in the
accompanying literature. Please read the manual.
Caution
To reduce the risk of electric shock, donot
remove the top cover (or the rear section).
No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel.
Caution
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock,
do not expose this appliance to rain and
moisture. The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping
or splashing liquids and no objects filled with liquids,
suchas vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.

9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized


or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug
has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide
blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. Ifthe
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles,
and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. Use only attachments/accessories specified by
themanufacturer.
12. Use only with the
cart, stand, tripod, bracket,
or table specified by the
manufacturer, orsold with
the apparatus. When a cart
is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus
combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed
to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has
beendropped.
15. The apparatus shall be connected to a MAINS socket
outlet with a protective earthing connection.
16. Where the MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is
used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall
remain readily operable.

Caution
These service instructions are for use
by qualified service personnel only.
Toreduce the risk of electric shock do not perform any
servicing other than that contained in the operation
instructions. Repairs have to be performed by qualified
servicepersonnel.
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND APPEARANCES
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND
ACCURACY IS NOT GUARANTEED. BEHRINGER,
KLARKTEKNIK, MIDAS, BUGERA, AND TURBOSOUND
ARE PART OF THE MUSIC GROUP (MUSIC-GROUP.COM).
ALL TRADEMARKS ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR
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LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS WHICH MAY BE SUFFERED
BY ANY PERSON WHO RELIES EITHER WHOLLY OR
IN PART UPON ANY DESCRIPTION, PHOTOGRAPH
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SPECIFICATIONS MAY VARY FROM ACTUAL PRODUCT.
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MUSICGROUP AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AUTHORITY

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UNDERTAKING OR REPRESENTATION. THIS MANUAL
IS COPYRIGHTED. NO PART OF THIS MANUAL MAY
BE REPRODUCED OR TRANSMITTED IN ANY FORM
OR BY ANY MEANS, ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL,
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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Trident Chambers, Wickhams Cay, P.O. Box 146,
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

LIMITED WARRANTY
For the applicable warranty terms and conditions
and additional information regarding MUSIC Groups
Limited Warranty, please see complete details online at
www.music-group.com/warranty.

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Basic Operation
1. Plug the included power cable into the AC IN on the side of the unit.
TheV-AMP 3 will automatically turn on and resume the previously
selected preset.

Audio Connections
" TRS headphones connector
strain relief clamp
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2. Plug your guitar into the INPUT using a " instrument cable.

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tip

3. Connect a monitoring system:


If using a pair of headphones, connect to the PHONES jack.

sleeve
ground/shield

If using a guitar amplifier, connect a " cable from the V-AMP 3s

LEFT LINE OUT jack to the amplifiers effects loop return jack. Use
the Live 3 output configuration for best results. (See Operating
Modes section for details.)

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right signal
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left signal

If plugging straight to the house PA system, connect the LINE OUT

jacks to a stereo channel on the main house mixer. Use the Live 1
output configuration for best results.
If using the UCA222 to record or jam to a track on your computer,

Unbalanced " TS connector


strain relief clamp

youmay use the included " TRS-to-RCA adaptor cable to connect


the V-AMP 3s PHONES jack to the UCA222 and monitor the signal
with the UCA222 headphone jack.

sleeve
tip

4. Connect the optional FS112V footswitch to the FOOTSWITCH input.


Thefootswitch allows you to scroll through the presets while playing.
Pressing and holding down the DOWN button on the footswitch accesses the
tuner. Tap the DOWN button again to return to normal play mode.

sleeve
(ground/shield)

5. Make sure the volume control on your guitar is turned up, then turn up the
MASTER knob to desired level.

tip
(signal)

NOTE: If the current preset volume is set low, there may be a considerable
increase in volume when you change presets.
6. Press the TUNER button if you need to tune your guitar.

7. Press the BANK UP and BANK DOWN buttons to scroll through the banks of
presets. Press the A E buttons to select a preset in that bank.

8. Adjust the tone with the GAIN, TREBLE, MID and BASS knobs.
9. Select a new amp model by turning the AMPS knob. Hold the TAP
button while turning the AMPS knob to select one of the 2nd level amps
(grey lettering).
10. Add an effect by turning the EFFECT SELECT knob to the desired selection.
Adjust the EFFECTS knob to determine the level of the effect. Hold the
TAP button while turning the EFFECTS knob to adjust the second effects
parameter. (see effects table for details)
11. Add reverb by adjusting the REVERB knob.
12. Save your settings. If you have altered a preset or made one from scratch,
thepreset LED will blink. In order to save this setting, first select the bank
you would like to save to, then hold down one of the A E buttons for
2seconds. Make sure you save over a preset that you no longer want to keep.
13. Rock out and have fun!
NOTE: The UCA222 will work on both PC and Mac computers without any
additional software. However, we recommend that PC users install the
low-latency USB ASIO driver for Windows XP/Vista, available for download on
our website at behringer.com. Most users will benefit from the most recent
version (2.8.17) of the driver, but rare computer chipsets may require the older
2.8.14 version.
Please visit behringer.com regularly for updates, add-ons and tips regarding
your V-AMP 3.

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sleeve

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" TRS to stereo RCA

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Controls and Connectors

(10) BANK UP and DOWN: In play mode, use these buttons to scroll through
the banks of presets. Press both buttons simultaneously to enter EDIT mode.
After an edit category has been selected (buttons A E), use the BANK UP
and DOWN buttons to edit parameters.

Front panel
(1) GAIN: Adjusts the distortion level of an amp simulation.

(11) TAP: Performs seven functions:

(2) TREBLE: Adjusts the upper frequencies of the guitar tone.

Tap: Tap this button to the rhythm of the music and the selected

(3) MID: Adjusts the mid range frequencies.

effect will adapt its parameter to the tempo.

(4) BASS: Adjusts the low frequencies.


(5) VOLUME: Adjusts the volume level of the current preset. This will allow you
to keep the volume even between various presets.
(6) MASTER: Adjusts the overall output to the PHONES and LINE OUT.
(7) AMPS: Selects the amp simulation. Hold the TAP button while turning the
AMPS knob to select one of the 17-32 amp models (grey lettering).
Each LED ring around the VOLUME, BASS, MID, TREBLE, GAIN,

EFFECTSand REVERB knobs has nine LEDs. Either one LED or two
neighboring LEDs (in between position) will light on each ring,
indicating a total of 17 positions per knob.
If the TAP button is held down, the TREBLE knob functions as a

knob to adjust the PRESENCE setting of the amp simulation.


2nd parameter: While holding down the TAP button, use the

EFFECTS knob to adjust the 2nd effects parameter of the selected


effect.
Amp models 17 32: While holding down the TAP button, use the

AMPS knob to select one of the second set of amps (written in grey
lettering).
MIDI Thru: In EDIT MIDI mode, press the TAP button to change

MIDIOUT to MIDI THRU. (See the MIDI chapter.)

Drive: In EDIT DRIVE mode, hold the TAP button while turning

PRESENCE control. This allows you to add or remove a high-end


shimmer in the amp tone.

(8) PRESET BUTTONS: Recall saved presets within a bank. These buttons also
select various categories in EDIT mode and allow access to Configuration
mode. (see EDIT mode and Configuration mode sections)
(9) DISPLAY: Displays current bank and preset in play mode. Other LEDs give the
following information:
TUNER: Displays the pitch of the instrument connected to the unit.

(see TUNING section for more details)


17-32: Lights when one of the amp simulations 17-32 is selected.

(2)

Presence: While holding down the TAP button, use the TREBLE

the EFFECTS knob to adjust the Wah-Wah effects resonance


character.
Input Gain: in Configuration mode, hold the TAP button

while turning the GAIN knob to adjust the overall input gain.
(See Configuration mode.)

(12) TUNER: Press this button to access the tuner. During tuning mode,
theoutput signal is muted (depending on the VOLUME setting). During EDIT
mode, press this button to exit and return to play mode.
(13) EFFECTS: Selects the effect for the current preset.
(14) EFFECTS SELECT: Adjusts the first parameter for the selected effect.
Hold the TAP button while turning the EFFECTS knob to adjust the 2nd
effects parameter.

(7) (1) (8)


(13)

(3)
(14)
(4)
(15)
(5)
(10)
(11)
(6)

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(15) REVERB: Adjusts the amount of reverb for the current preset.

Rear/Side panel

(19) AUX LEVEL: Adjusts the input level of the AUX IN jack.
(16) INPUT: Plug a guitar into this jack using a " instrument cable.

(17) PHONES: Plug a pair of headphones into this jack using a " TRS cable.

(20) LINE OUT: Plug balanced or unbalanced " cables into these jacks to send
the stereo signal for recording or performance applications.

(21) AC IN: Plug the included power cable into this socket. When connected to
the mains, the V-AMP 3 switches on automatically.
(18) AUX IN: Plug an external sound source into this jack using a " TS or
TRS cable.

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To exit configuration mode, press the TUNER/EXIT button.

(22) MIDI OUT/THRU: Sends MIDI information from the V-AMP 3 or directly from
the MIDI IN jack.

Operating
Mode

Function
LINE OUT L

Studio 1 (S1)

Stereo operation with selected effects


and speaker simulations.

Studio 2 (S2)

Left (dry signal,


only compressor
plus auto-wah).

Live 1 (L1)

Stereo operation + additional


3-band EQ (adjustable in
CONFIGURATION mode).

Live 2 (L2)

Stereo operation + additional 3-band


EQ, but without cabinet simulation.

Live 3 (L3)

Left + additional
3-band EQ with
modulation, delay
and reverb effects,
butwithout
cabinet simulation

Right (with
modulation,
delay and
reverb effects).

(23) MIDI IN: Receives MIDI signals from a footswitch or other device.

(24) FOOTSWITCH: Plug the FS112V footswitch into this jack with the
" TRS cable.

Operating Modes
Configuration mode
The V-AMP 3 offers many options that allow you to route selected parts of
the signal to the LINE OUT jacks. Some features are well suited for one playing
situation, but not necessary for others. In order to adapt your device to various
studio and live applications, you can choose between 5 different operating
modes (Configurations). Independent of the settings stored in the presets,
theseglobal operating modes determine how the LINE OUT signal is processed so
that either stereo operation or unique left and right sends are possible.
Selecting a configuration
Press the B and D buttons simultaneously to enter configuration mode.
Thedisplay shows the current selection. Use the BANK UP and BANK DOWN arrow
buttons to select a new configuration. See table for routing options.
When headphones are plugged into the PHONES jack, the V-AMP 3

automatically switches to Studio 1 (S1) operating mode.

Press the TAP key and turn the GAIN knob to adjust the input sensitivity to

match the output of your guitars pickups. If the CLIP LED lights, the input
sensitivity must be reduced. Only raise the sensitivity if the pickups have
particularly weak output.

Application

LINE OUT R

Right with
cabinet and
modulation,
delay and
reverb effects,
but without
additional
3-band EQ.

V-AMP 3 as practice amp,


e.g. with headphones.
Recording situation: (V-AMP 3 is
connected to stereo line channel on
the mixing console).
Recording situation: with the left
channel connected to the recording
device. The right channel is used
for monitoring only (with effect).
Advantage: while recording,
youdon't have to specify the effect
used during the mix-down, but can
still monitor wet signals.
V-AMP 3 connected to a guitar amp
with stereo input. The additional
EQ (BASS, MID & TREBLE controls)
allows you to match the sound to
the amplifier used. The additional
EQ does not affect the settings of
your presets.
Here, too, the V-AMP 3 can be
connected to a guitar amp with
a stereo input. The additional EQ
(BASS, MID & TREBLE controls)
allows you to match the sound to the
amplifier used. However, since no
cabinet simulation is enabled,
the speaker sound is determined by
the combo/cabinet used.
V-AMP 3 as a stage amp, withthe
left output connected to a line input
on the monitor amp. Theadditional
EQ (BASS, MID & TREBLE controls)
allows you to match the sound
optimally to the monitor amp.
Theright channel (DI Out) is
connected to the mixing console
or stage box and is used for the
FOH mix.

Studio mode 1 and 2


When using headphones, the V-AMP 3 will automatically switch into Studio
Mode 1 (S1). This stereo mode works well for both monitoring and recording
with effects, amp and speaker modeling. If you are certain the tone you have
selected is what you want permanently recorded, then Studio Mode 1 is a good
option. This Mode does not apply the 3-band EQ to the signal, but most recording
programs have advanced graphic EQ capabilities that allow you much more
precise adjustments.
In addition to advanced EQ, recording programs often possess high quality
effects plug-ins that can be tweaked and edited to your hearts content.
Inthis regard, Studio Mode 2 may be a better option to allow the most editing
flexibility. Thisconfiguration sends a signal with amp and speaker simulation in
both channels, but only the right output has the effects, leaving the left output
dry and ready for editing in your DAW. You may either record both outputs
to separate tracks, or only record the dry left output while monitoring the
right output.
Visit behringer.com for tips about integrating your V-AMP 3 with your computer
system and exchanging presets and experiences with other V-AMP users.

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Live mode 1, 2 and 3

Calling up presets

When performing live with the V-AMP 3, the most common way to get the
sound to the crowd is to run the unit into an amplifier on stage, route your signal
directly into a mixing board, or both.

When the unit is powered on, it automatically loads the last used preset. In the
following example, the last preset selected was preset D in bank 25:

If you chose to run the outputs directly to the main mixer, Live Mode 1 will be the
best option as it includes amp and speaker simulation, effects, and the 3-band
EQ. You will have no sound on stage unless the signal is sent to a monitor speaker,
so make sure the venue can accommodate this setup.
Another option is to use Live Mode 2 and run the V-AMP 3 into the effects loop
return inputs of 2 different guitar amps. This configuration does not feature
speaker simulation and allows the amplifiers natural speaker sound to go
unaltered. In this scenario, the amps would be miced on stage to get the sound
to the house speakers, and having a dedicated monitor would be less important.
The most practical and versatile way to use the V-AMP 3 in a live setting is using
Live Mode 3. This allows you to send the left output (without speaker simulation)
to an amps effects loop return to provide on-stage volume, and also send the
right output (with speaker simulation) to the main mixer for inclusion in the
main house mix.

Presets
The V-AMP 3 features 125 presets that are divided into 25 banks. There are
5presets per bank, all of which can be modified and saved. Each preset consists
of a maximum of five ingredients:
Amp simulation (including GAIN, EQ and VOLUME settings)

In this case, pressing button A, B, C or E will call up another preset within


bank25. The two arrow buttons (BANK UP and BANK DOWN) enable you to
change banks. The display will show which bank has been selected, but the
preset will not change until you press one of the A E buttons. The LED beneath
the preset letter lights up when that preset is activated.

Cabinet simulation

Editing presets

Pre-amp effects (such as noise gate, compressor, auto wah and wah-wah)

Customizing presets in the V-AMP 3 is fast and simple. One option is to call up a
preset you like and tweak it to fit your desired sound. If you would like a new amp
model, turn the AMPS knob until you find the right amp simulation. The VOLUME,
BASS, MID, TREBLE/PRESENCE and GAIN knobs may also be adjusted if necessary.
You may select an effect and adjust its parameters using the EFFECTS knob,
oradd reverb by simply turning the REVERB knob.

Post-amp multi-effects (such as delay, modulation, or a combination of both)


Reverb

The first 16 banks consist of 20 different tones in the style of clean, rock,
metaland blues. These tones are optimized for either a Stratocaster-style guitar
with single-coil pickups, or a Les Paul-style guitar with humbuckers. Thesetones
are meant mainly as a guide to get you started and help familiarize you with
some of the possibilities. Eventually, you will probably want to tweak and
customize these to suit your specific liking. Feel free to experiment and find a
unique sound.
Next you will find 2 banks dedicated to acoustic presets, followed by 2 banks
of bass guitar presets. Though the V-AMP 3 does not specialize in these
applications, it can accommodate them for recording purposes especially.
Banks21-24 focus on studio amplification setups that will make your recordings
sound their best. These are comprised of full stack rock models and small combo
models, both with and without effects. Lastly, you will find a bank full of crazy
and experimental sounds to really stretch your imagination.

Apart from the compressor and auto wah, all multi-effects have a

speed-based parameter. This can easily be adjusted by pressing the TAP


button at least 2 times to the tempo of the music, allowing the effect to
operate in sync with the music you are playing to.

Edit mode
For deeper edits to the preset, press the BANK UP and BANK DOWN buttons
simultaneously to enter EDIT mode. Now you can choose to edit various
categories (MIDI, DRIVE, CABINETS, REVERB and NOISE GATE) by pressing one
of the A E buttons. The following describes the features and adjustments
of each category:
MIDI Enter EDIT mode and press the A button to edit MIDI settings. Selecta

MIDI channel by pressing the BANK UP and DOWN buttons. To change from
MIDI OUT to MIDI THRU, press the TAP button. The TAP LED will light up when
MIDI THRU is selected.

DRIVE Enter EDIT mode and press the B button to edit DRIVE settings.

Pressthe BANK UP and DOWN buttons to change between clean


and distorted amp settings. The display will show a 0 for clean and
a 1 for distortion.

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CABINETS Enter EDIT mode and press the C button to select one of the

speaker CABINETS. Press the BANK UP and DOWN buttons to select one of the
15 available speaker cabs.

REVERB Enter EDIT mode and press the D button to edit REVERB settings.

Press the BANK UP and DOWN buttons to select one of the 9 reverb types.
You may use the REVERB knob to adjust the amount of reverb while in
EDIT mode.

NOISE GATE Enter EDIT mode and press the E button to edit NOISE GATE

settings. Press the BANK UP and DOWN buttons to select a noise gate level
(0 = off, 15 = maximum gating effect).

When you have made your adjustments, press the TUNER button to exit EDIT
mode and return to normal operation.
Storing presets
As soon as you make any change to a preset, be it a new amp model,
effectselection, or EQ adjustment, the preset LED will flash. The flashing LED
informs you that in order to keep this new sound, you must save the preset.
Tosave the preset, simply hold the current preset button down for approximately
2 seconds. When the LED stops flashing, you have saved your current settings in
that preset location.
You do not necessarily have to save an altered preset to its current location.
Youmay select another preset in that bank, or use the BANK UP and
DOWN buttons to choose another bank and save to one of those 5 presets.
Again, hold the targeted preset button down for approximately 2 seconds until
the LED stops flashing.
Discarding an edited preset/restoring a single
factory preset

Restoring all factory presets


All factory presets can be restored as follows:
While holding buttons D and E, power on the unit. CL appears in the display.
Release the D and E buttons.
Press the arrow keys (BANK UP and DOWN) simultaneously.

This erases all saved edits and returns all presets to their factory settings.
Refer to the MIDI chapter for information on saving your settings via MIDI.

Amp/Speaker Simulation
The heart of the V-AMP 3s sound lies in its amp and speaker simulation.
With 32 amp simulations and 15 interchangeable speaker cabinets,
youreguaranteed to find a tone to fit any situation. Not only this, but the
V-AMP 3 eliminates the need to mic an actual speaker, which is difficult to do
properly and creates a lot of excess noise. Any style from jazz to heavy metal can
easily be accommodated, and are further enhanced by the effects and reverb
options. Youre sure to find many sounds that spur your creativity and allow you
to explore new sonic possibilities.
When you power on the V-AMP 3, it automatically loads the last selected preset.
The LED ring around the AMPS knob shows which amp is currently selected.
Ifthe 17-32 LED is lit inside the display, the second amp model (written in grey)
nextto the AMPS LED is active. To select another amp, simply turn the AMPS
knob. Hold the TAP button while turning the AMPS knob to select one of the
17-32 models. You may further edit the sound of the amp by turning the VOLUME,
GAIN, BASS, MID, and TREBLE knobs. Hold the TAP button while turning the
TREBLE knob to adjust the PRESENCE filter.

If you edit a preset, but decide that you do not like your changes and would
rather return to the original setting, you may simply select another preset
without saving. This way when you return to that preset, it will recall the settings
as they were before you started editing. This method works as long as you do not
save your unwanted edit.

Each amp has an adjustable DRIVE function that acts similar to changing channels
on an amp. The simulation is still the same, but when switched to distortion
mode (default for most ROCK and METAL amps), the gain setting is significantly
higher. This feature enables all 32 amps to produce clean or distorted tones,
much like the actual amps themselves would. See Edit Mode under the Presets
section for details on changing an amps DRIVE setting.

If you do save an edit and would like to return to the original factory preset that
was stored there, hold down the two arrow keys (BANK UP and DOWN) until the
display reads Pr. If you would like to keep the original factory setting for this
preset, hold down the preset button for approximately 2 seconds to save.

You should always select an amp model first, then change the cabinet simulation
(if necessary), followed by an effect. To give you a better overview of the
extensive range of amp simulations, we have compiled the following descriptions
of the different types of amps.

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V-AMP 3 Preset Chart

Single-coil
pickups

Humbucker
pickups

Single-coil
pickups

Humbucker
pickups

Acoustic
guitars
Bass guitars

Studio
session
Extreme
sounds

Bank

Preset

Preset

Preset

Preset

Preset

1
2
3
4

acoustic ambienc
crunch rhythm
tight rhythm
break da blues

1
6
11
16

clean reverb
windmill rhythm
tight hi octane
crunch a blues

2
7
12
17

blackface dry
EL34power crunch
80s metallic
blisteringblue

3
8
13
18

4
9
14
19

ACOUSTIC AMBIENC

21

CLEAN REVERB

22

BLACKFACE DRY

23

6
7
8
9
10
11
12

CRUNCH RHYTHM
TIGHT RHYTHM
BREAK da BLUES
acoustic ambienc
crunch rhythm
tight rhythm
break da blues

26
31
36
41
46
51
56

WIND MILL RHYTHM


TIGHT HI OCTANE
CRUNCH a BLUES
clean reverb
windmill rhythm
tight hi octane
crunch a blues

27
32
37
42
47
52
57

EL34 POWR CRUNCH


80s METALLIC
BLISTERING BLUE
blackface dry
EL34power crunch
80s metallic
blisteringblue

28
33
38
43
48
53
58

13

ACOUSTIC AMBIENC

61

CLEAN REVERB

62

BLACKFACE DRY

63

14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

CRUNCH RHYTHM
TIGHT RHYTHM
BREAK da BLUES
acoustic 1
acoustic 6
BASS 1
BASS 6
StudioRockStack
StudioRockStaFX
SessionCombo1
SessionComFX1

66
71
76
81
86
91
96
101
106
111
116

WIND MILL RHYTHM


TIGHT HI OCTANE
CRUNCH a BLUES
acoustic 2
acoustic 7
BASS 2
BASS 7
StudioRockStack+
StudioRockStaFX+
SessionCombo2
SessionComFX2

67
72
77
82
87
92
97
102
107
112
117

EL34 POWR CRUNCH


80s METALLIC
BLISTERING BLUE
acoustic 3
acoustic 8
BASS 3
BASS 8
StudioRockStack2
StudioRockStaFX2
SessionCombo3
SessionComFX3

68
73
78
83
88
93
98
103
108
113
118

69
74
79
84
89
94
99
104
109
114
119

clean comp+CH+RV
british solo
80s harmonics
brit rotary
CLEAN
COMP+CH+RV
BRITISH SOLO
80s HARMONICS
BRIT ROTARY
clean comp+CH+RV
british solo
80s harmonics
brit rotary
CLEAN
COMP+CH+RV
BRITISH SOLO
80s HARMONICS
BRIT ROTARY
acoustic 5
acoustic 10
BASS 5
BASS 10
StudioRockStack4
StudioRockStaFX4
SessionCombo5
SessionComFX5

5
10
15
20

calif. compressed
british crunch
90s metallic
american hot
CALIF.
COMPRESSED
BRITISH CRUNCH
90s METALLIC
AMERICAN HOT
calif. compressed
british crunch
90s metallic
american hot
CALIF.
COMPRESSED
BRITISH CRUNCH
90s METALLIC
AMERICAN HOT
acoustic 4
acoustic 9
BASS 4
BASS 9
StudioRockStack3
StudioRockStaFX3
SessionCombo4
SessionComFX4

70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120

25

weirdo 1

121

weirdo 2

122

weirdo 3

123

weirdo 4

124

weirdo 5

125

Amp Descriptions
CLEAN
TUBE PREAMP: Sound engineers were quick to recognize the appeal of
tubes. They used tube amps to add warmth to all kinds of sounds. By default,
thisamp model does not use a speaker simulation, and can be used with vocals,
butadding a speaker cab produces good clean tones for guitar as well.
SMALL COMBO: This model is based on one of the most simple yet effective
guitar amps of all time, the Fender Champ. Being as small as it is, you can easily
take it beyond its clean range, and the Champ rewards you with compression
and rich distortion. Originally designed for beginners, the amp soon became a
favorite of many guitar aficionados due to its amazing distortion at manageably
low volume.
CLASSIC CLEAN: Back in the 80s, the Roland JC-120 was the preferred sound of
Buzzy Feiten, guitarist for the Dave Weckl Band. The unique quality of this amp is
the way its brilliance cuts through any mix. It is ideal for the New Wave sound of
the 80s that is making a comeback today.
TWEED COMBO: This was Jeff Becks favorite when he recorded the albums
Blow by Blow and Wired. This amp was not actually designed for heavy
distortion, butdue to its low power, it is ideal for uncompromising overdrive.
The Tweed Champ had a volume control, but no EQ control. If you want to get
the most authentic sound out of this amp, keep the EQ on your V-AMP 3 in the
mid position.
CLEAN V-AMP: Here we have managed to simulate the sound of a Roland JC-120
and combine it with our BRIT CLASSIC model. The result blends the brilliance of
a transistor amp with the cutting power of a Marshall Plexi. The Marshall cut
appears when you turn the GAIN control clockwise.

24
29
34
39
44
49
54
59
64

25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65

CALIFORNIA CLEAN: This model is based on the clean channel of the Mesa
Boogie Mark II C. It sounds like a Fender, but has more punch in the midrange.
BLACK TWIN: This simulation was modeled on a Fender Blackface Twin from
1965. In the 60s, this amp was used by jazz, country, and even rock guitarists.
The Blackface Twin was unique for being exceptionally loud while the amount of
distortion remained relatively low.
CUSTOM CLEAN: This model simulates the clean channel from a Dumble,
anexpensive boutique amp. The clean sound really cuts through, especially when
used with compressor attack settings around 2 milliseconds.
BLUES
AMERICAN: This virtual amp is modeled on the Fender Bassman 4 x 10 Combo.
Originally designed as a bass amp, it soon became a standard amp of blues
legends such as Steve Ray Vaughan and Billy Gibbons due to its characteristic
distortion. As you would expect, it packs a solid punch in the bass range,
but is still flexible enough in the mid and treble ranges.
FUZZ BOX: This sound is not actually based on any one amp, but instead
simulates a particular fuzz box. Jimi Hendrix was one of the first guitarists
to recognize the potential in this legendary broadband transistor distortion.
Thehumming distortion sound of the FUZZ BOX has returned to popularity with
Alternative Rock and Grunge.
DELUXE BLUES: A synthesis of a 1960 Fender Blackface Deluxe and a 50s Fender
Bassman. The result is a crystal clear sound that still simulates the edge of the
vintage amps. The EQ controls on this model give you even greater scope than the
EQ controls on the original amp.
V-AMP DRIVE: This simulation is based on the Mesa Boogie Mark III, a more
modern high-gain lead amp. This model produces a smooth and precise tone
with plenty of drive, making it ideal for lead guitar work.

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BRIT BLUES: Modeled on the JTM 45, the first Marshall amp ever designed.
Extreme gain settings produce a highly compressed and really dirty sounding
distortion. Combined with a 2 x 12" speaker simulation, it produces impressive
Bluesbreaker sounds.
V-CRUNCH: This amp is ideal for modern blues or jazz. Its sound is subtle but
crunchy and dynamic.
CUSTOM BLUES: This simulation is based on a 1965 Marshall JTM 45
Bluesbreaker, but has more flexibility of sound control. Turn the GAIN control to
the left and this simulation sounds like a Marshall; turn it to the right and it builds
a thick boutique distortion tone.
BRIT CLASSIC 50 W: This is also a Plexi, but we have extensively widened its
sound range. The sound controls on the original Marshall Plexi 50 Watt hardly
had any effect on the sound if distortion was high.
METAL
NUMETAL GAIN: This model is based on a 1994 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Trem-O-Verb, featuring a modern high-gain sound that also comes over well
in a band context. The tone control is post-gain, which allows you to tailor
distorted sounds to great effect. This amp is perfect for heavy metal, but also for
Steve Lukather sounds. The best-known user of this amp is John Petrucci of the
progressive rock super group Dream Theater.
NUMETAL HD: This simulation is modeled on a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
head. Much like the Trem-O-Verb, this amp produces an even higher gain sound.
Thetone controls are most effective with the gain knob cranked.
SAVAGE BEAST: Engl is well known for amps that really cut through. The Savage
120 in particular has built up a large following among guitarists. For some time
now, Ritchie Blackmore has been a major endorser of this German company,
andRandy Hanson, the best Hendrix since Jimi, also swears by this amp.
Theunique feature of the Savage is its extreme power and is therefore highly
popular with heavy metal guitarists. Silent Force/Sinner guitarist Alex Beyrodt
has been an enthusiastic Engl user for years. An amp for making yourself heard!
CUSTOM HI GAIN: This sound goes back to a 1969 50-Watt Marshall Plexi
modified by Jose Arrendondo. Arrendondo was none other than Eddie Van
Halens guitar technician. The unique features of this amp are its fine mid-range
sounds and its ability to produce the ultimate in gain without making the sound
muddy. Warning: highly addictive!
BRIT HI GAIN: Compare this model with a Marshall JCM 800. Although the
original was renowned mainly for its distorted sounds, this amp also sounds very
good with low gain settings. Its good at reproducing Steve Ray Vaughans and
Michael Landaus guitar tone. In distortion mode, it sounds like Gary Moore in his
early days, but its also good for heavy metal.
MODERN HI GAIN: Modeled after a Soldano SLO, the tone control is post-gain
here as well, allowing the extremely distorted sound to cut through the mix.
TheMODERN HI GAIN sound is ideal for playing Grunge, but is also used by
guitarists such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. If youre playing a Les Paul-style
guitar, MODERN HI GAIN sounds best when you turn down the volume control on
the guitar a little.
NEW! ULTRAZONIC: This is a new, aggressive, in-your-face hi-gain sound similar
to the crunch channel of the Bugera 333XL. Detuned, palm-muted, fast rhythm
guitar riffs are as clear and articulate as can be.
ULTIMATE PLUS: Those who find the ULTRAZONIC too tame will find enough
gain here for an overdose, and nearly endless sustain.

ROCK
NEW! ROCK 59SL: This is modeled on the sound of a Marshall 1959SLP,
which stands out for its extremely dynamic rock sound, dishing out fat clean
tone as well as solid crunch. This new amp model captures the liveliness and
responsiveness of the real thing.
BRIT CLASS A: This simulation is modeled on the Vox AC 30. This amp
was originally designed in the 60s when guitarists wanted amps with
enhanced brilliance, a feature that Vox successfully implemented by means
of revolutionary bass and treble controls. Brian May and U2s The Edge are
probably the best-known users of this sound.
NEW! HI BRIT 100: This is new model provides an assertive rhythm guitar
sound based on the Hiwatt Custom 100, which is most suitable for punchy
power chords. Think of Pete Townshends ingenious guitar work on The Whos
PinballWizard to get an idea.
CUSTOM CLASS A: The model for this simulation is the Budda Twinmaster.
ThisClass A amp is renowned for its warm sound combined with irresistible tube
distortion. Although the original amp does not have a mid control, we have given
the capability of tailoring the midrange to suit your taste.
NEW! AMBER 120: Another new model, this time of the vintage distortion
sound typical of the Orange OD120. It is worth digging into the tone controls of
the Amber 120. If you crank the gain, the preamp tone controls greatly influence
the sound.
CLASS A NORM: This amp is characterized by its mild distortion and highly
dynamic response. It is modeled on the Matchless Chieftain, a very expensive
hand-made amp.
BRIT CLASSIC: Based on a 1959 Marshall Plexi 100 Watt, this amp provides
a remarkable range of clean and crunch sounds thanks to its two channels
which can be run in parallel. It was used by many famous guitar players like
JimiHendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, to name a few.
BRITISH CLASS A 15 W: Another Vox model, based on the first channel of an AC
15 from 1960. Unlike the AC 30, this amp had only one 12" speaker and produced
a warmer sound. Tip: to make this simulation sound as authentic as possible,
leave the BASS and MID controls in middle position and adjust the TREBLE
control only.
PREAMP BYPASS: In this setting, no amp simulation is selected. This makes it
possible, for example, to play through an external guitar preamp and only use the
effects or the speaker simulation. To activate the PREAMP BYPASS, press TAP and
TUNER simultaneously.
Fender, Vox, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Gibson, Soldano, Matchless, Dumble, Budda, Tweed, Engl, Roland, Bugera,
Hiwatt, Orange and the names of musicians and groups are registered trademarks belonging to the respective
owners and are in no way associated with BEHRINGER.

Speaker Descriptions
The sound of any guitar combo depends largely on the type and combination of
speakers used. In the past 50 years there has been widespread experimentation
to find out what type of speaker is best suited to any one specific guitar sound
and in what way the sound is modified when a certain speaker is combined
with others.
When you select an amp simulation, an appropriate speaker

simulation is automatically activated (see graphic table below).


Otherwise,theauthenticity of the sound could be affected by an unsuitable
cabinet especially if you are using headphones. Naturally, you can combine
the amp simulations with other cabinets according to taste.

The character of a loudspeaker depends on many different variables.


Thefollowing table shows a list of all speaker cabinets on the V-AMP 3.

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Effects Processor

Cabinets

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

BYPASS (NO SPEAKER SIMULATION)


1 x 8" VINTAGE TWEED
4 x 10" VINTAGE BASS
4 x 10" V-AMP CUSTOM
1 x 12" MID COMBO
1 x 12" BLACKFACE
1 x 12" BRIT '60
1 x 12" DELUXE '52
2 x 12" TWIN COMBO
2 x 12" US CLASS A
2 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
2 x 12" BRIT '67
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
4 x 12" STANDARD '78
4 x 12" OFF AXIS
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM

AMPS 1-16
TUBE PRE
CLASSIC CLEAN
CLEAN V-AMP
BLACK TWIN
AMERICAN
DELUXE BLUES
BRIT BLUES
CUSTOM BLUES
NUMETAL GAIN
SAVAGE BEAST
BRIT HI GAIN
ULTRAZONIC
ROCK 59SL
HIBRIT 100
AMBER 120
BRIT CLASSIC
SMALL COMBO
TWEED COMBO
CALIF CLEAN
CUSTOM CLEAN
FUZZ BOX
V-AMP DRIVE
V-CRUNCH
BRIT CLASSIC 50 W
NUMETAL HD
CUSTOM HI GAIN
MODERN HI GAIN
ULTIMATE PLUS
BRIT CLASS A
CUSTOM CLASS A
CLASS A NORM
BRIT CLASS A 15 W

A great complement to the selection of amps and speaker cabinets is the


built-in multi-effects processor. You may select from 16 high-quality effects
such as chorus, flanger, delay, auto wah, and many others. These effects can
be used to thicken up your guitar tone in a subtle way, or create extreme and
experimental sounds that push your creative limits. The standard operating
mode of the multi-effects processor is stereo, but other options are available
(see Configurations section).
You can adjust up to 3 parameters for each available effect. Two of these
parameters are adjusted using the EFFECTS knob with or without the TAP button
held down. Tempo-based parameters are adjusted by pressing the TAP button
at least twice in sync with the music. The following table displays the parameter
controls for each effect.

Category

Speaker simulation

Cabinet #

Clean
Clean
Clean
Clean
Blues
Blues
Blues
Blues
Metal
Metal
Metal
Metal
Rock
Rock
Rock
Rock
Clean
Clean
Clean
Clean
Rock
Rock
Rock
Rock
Metal
Metal
Metal
Metal
Rock
Rock
Rock
Rock

2 x 12" TWIN COMBO


4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
2 x 12" TWIN COMBO
4 x 10" VINTAGE BASS
1 x 12" BLACKFACE
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
1 x 8" VINTAGE TWEED
1 x 8" VINTAGE TWEED
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
1 x 12" BLACKFACE
4 x 12" OFF AXIS
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
2 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
4 x 12" V-AMP CUSTOM
2 x 12" BRIT '67
4 x 12" VINTAGE 30
2 x 12" BRIT '67
1 x 12" BRIT '60

8
15
8
2
5
12
12
15
15
12
15
15
15
12
15
1
1
15
5
14
15
15
10
15
15
15
15
11
12
11
6

Effect #

Effect

1
2

ECHO CC49, val 1


DELAY CC49, val 0
PING PONG
CC49, val 2
PHASER/DELAY
CC55, val 1 +
CC49, val 0
FLANGER/DELAY
1 CC55, val 5 +
CC49, val 0
FLANGER/ DELAY
2 CC55, val 5 +
CC49, val 2
CHORUS/ DELAY
1 CC55, val 3 +
CC49, val 0
CHORUS/ DELAY
2 CC55, val 3 +
CC49, val 2
CHORUS/
COMPRESSOR
CC55, val 4 +
CC44, val 1
COMPRESSOR
CC44, val 1
AUTO WAH
CC44, val 2
PHASER
CC55, val 1
CHORUS
CC55, val 4
FLANGER
CC55, val 6
TREMOLO
CC55, val 2
ROTARY
CC55, val 0

3
4

10
11
12
13
14
15
16

EFFECT
Control

EFFECTS
control with TAP
push button

TAP push button

Mix CC54
Mix CC54

Feedback CC53
Feedback CC53

Delay Time CC50+51


Delay Time CC50+51

Mix CC54

Feedback CC53

Delay Time CC50+51

Delay Mix
CC54

Mod. Mix CC59

Delay Time CC50+51

Delay Mix
CC54

Mod. Mix CC59

Delay Time CC50+51

Delay Mix
CC54

Mod. Mix CC59

Delay Time CC50+51

Delay Mix
CC54

Mod. Mix CC59

Delay Time CC50+51

Delay Mix
CC54

Mod. Mix CC59

Delay Time CC50+51

Sense CC45

Mod. Mix CC59

Modulation Speed
CC58

Sense CC45

Attack CC46

Depth CC45

Speed CC46

Mix CC59

Feedback CC58

Mix CC59

Depth CC57

Mix CC59

Feedback CC58

Mix CC59

Mix CC59

Depth CC57

Modulation Speed
CC56
Modulation Speed
CC56
Modulation Speed
CC56
Modulation Speed
CC56
Modulation Speed
CC56

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Wah Wah
By using a MIDI pedal, such as the BEHRINGER FCB1010, you can access an
additional Wah Wah effect. You may adjust the sweepable filter characteristic
by entering EDIT mode, selecting the DRIVE menu and turning the EFFECTS knob
while holding the TAP button.

Effects descriptions
The following is a brief description of the various effects available on the V-AMP 3:
REVERB: Reverb is still the most important effect for mixing and live
performance. Thats why we at BEHRINGER make a point of giving you 9 different
reverb programs, allowing you to use the most suitable reverb program for any
situation. The reverb effect can be added separately to all the other effects.
ECHO: Echo is a delayed repetition of the input signal. The main difference from
the DELAY effect is that the high-frequency content of the repeated signals
steadily decreases. This simulates a tape delay used in the pre-digital era,
producing a vintage sound. In addition, the reflections are routed in turn to the
left and right channels, creating a stereo effect.

ROTARY: This is the quintessential simulation of the classic organ effect normally
produced by speakers rotating at slow or fast speed inside a heavy speaker
cabinet. This effect uses the physical principle of the Doppler effect to modulate
the sound.
NOISE GATE: Noise gates are used to remove or reduce noise or other
interference. Guitar signals in particular are very sensitive to interference.
Notonly do guitarists often use high-gain settings, but guitar pickups can
amplify unwanted interference that can be painfully apparent during breaks in
the music. And how does a noise gate work? It simply mutes the signal during
breaks, eliminating any interference at the same time.

Separate reverb effect


The reverb effect is independent of the multi-effects processor and can be added
to the mix signal at any time. To edit the REVERB function, enter EDIT mode
(press BANK UP and DOWN simultaneously) and press button D. Use the arrow
keys to select one of the 9 reverb types available:
Reverb #

Reverb Type

Quality

DELAY: This algorithm repeats the input signal, with different tempo settings
producing interesting delay effects. U2s The Edge has impressively demonstrated
the potential of this effect.

1
2
3
4

Tiny Room
Small Room
Medium Room
Large Room

Classic room simulation featuring various


room sizes from bathroom to cathedral

PING PONG: A delay effect that alternates between the left and right
channel/speaker.

Ultra Room

Special effect transforming guitar signals into


heavenly pad sounds

6
7
8
9

Small Spring
Medium Spring
Short Ambience
Long Ambience

PHASER: The principle behind the phaser is that a second, phase-shifted signal
is added to the audio signal, creating a wave-like effect. This makes the sound
richer and, above all, livelier. Depending on how you set it, the phaser can be
used to produce slightly modulated or other worldly effects.
FLANGER: This effect is similar to a phaser in the fact that it produces wave-like
modulation to the guitar tone. Create psychedelic effects by mixing it heavily,
oruse a subtle mix to thicken up the tone.

Tuner

CHORUS: This effect adds a slightly modulated off-key element to the original
signal, thus creating a pleasant floating effect through variations in pitch.

Tuning your guitar

PHASER & DELAY: Phaser and delay combined.


FLANGER & DELAY: The input signal is delayed and processed with a pronounced
wave-like effect. It is particularly effective for highlighting single notes, but can
also be used to make solos more interesting.
CHORUS & DELAY: This algorithm combines signal delay with the popular
chorus effect.
CHORUS & COMP: Incredible sustain effects can be produced with the
compressor. This is especially useful for sustaining individual guitar notes.
Combined with chorus, it can make the audio signal extremely dense.
COMPRESSOR: A compressor limits the dynamic range of the guitar tone,
thusproducing audible and creative sound effects. Pronounced use of the
compressor (using the EFFECTS control) allows rhythm sounds to really pop.
AUTO WAH: The legendary wah-wah effect owes its fame mainly to
JimiHendrix. The auto-wah alters its filter frequency automatically depending on
the signals magnitude, rather than being controlled by the position of a pedal.
The effect causes a guitars note to make a distinct vowel sound, and is more
pronounced the harder the strings are plucked or strummed.
TREMOLO: Simulates the classic Fender Tremolo where the volume rapidly shifts
up and down to a constant tempo. The tremolo effect has returned to popularity
with trip-hop.

Simulations of typical spring reverbs


Simulates the early reflections of a
reverbless room

Press the TUNER button to activate the built-in tuner.

The chromatic tuner automatically recognizes the frequencies of all the standard
guitar notes. For the A-string this means a frequency of 220 Hz. When you plug
your guitar into the device and play an open string, the tuner will recognize
and display the note. Since the tuner uses an auto-chromatic scale, it can also
recognize semi-tones, which are shown with a b in the display. It may happen,
however, that a note is displayed as A but is actually slightly out of tune. Thisis
shown by at least one of the four red or yellow LEDs at the foot of the display
lighting up. In certain cases even two of the LEDs may light up, which indicates
that the pitch of the note played lies between the pitches represented by the two
LEDs. When the circular tuner LED in the middle lights up, this means the note
played is in tune.

Setting reference pitch A


To give you maximum freedom for tuning your guitar, you can change the preset
reference pitch A. To activate this function, switch on the tuner by pressing
the TUNER button and switch to EDIT mode by pressing the two arrow keys
simultaneously. The display will show 40, which means 440 Hz. Use the arrow
keys to raise or lower the reference pitch by up to 15 Hz. The display only shows
the last two digits as the first digit is always 4. For example, if you start with
a reference pitch of 440 Hz and press the right arrow three times, the display
will read 43, i.e. 443 Hz. To quit EDIT mode, press either the TUNER or the TAP
button. Any changes will be stored automatically. The tones for the other strings
on your guitar will automatically be adjusted to the new reference pitch.

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MIDI

MIDI IMPLEMENTATION CHART


Transmitted

Received

Remarks

16

Function

Amp Vol (0-127)

17

Presence (0-127)

18

Reverb Mix (0-127) *2

19

Y (skipped on
request)

Amp Type (0-32) with default


cabinet *3

20

Y (skipped on
request)

Fx Type (0-15) with defaults *1

21

Fx off/on (0/127)

22

Reverb Send off/on (0/127)

23

Cabinet Type (0-15) *5

24

Reverb Type (0-8) *4

25

Noise Gate Level (0-15)

26

Drive off/on (0/127)

27

Wah off/position (0/1-127)

44

N (request only)

pre Effect Type (0-2) *6

45

pre Effect Par 1 *6

46

pre Effect Par 2 *6

47

N (request only)

pre Effect Par 3 *6

48

N (request only)

pre Effect Par 4 *6

To exchange individual presets with other devices, such as another V-AMP 3


or a PC:

49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60

N (request only)
Y
Y
N (request only)
Y
Y
N (request only)
Y
Y
Y
Y
N (request only)

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Switch the transmitting V-AMP 3 to EDIT mode by pressing the BANK UP and

61

N (request only)

64

80

81

N (request only)

82
83
84
85
86
87
Program Change
System Exclusive
System Common
System Real Time
Running Status

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y (0-124)
Y
N
N
Y (2s Timeout)

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y (0-124, 127)
Y
N
N
Y

Delay Type (0-2) *7


Delay Time hi (0-117) *8
Delay Time lo (0-127) *8
Delay Spread (0-127)
Delay Feedback (0-127)
Delay Mix (0-127) *9
post Fx Mode (0-6) *10
post Fx Par 1 *10
post Fx Par 2 *10
post Fx Par 3 *10
post Fx Mix (0-127) *11
Assign Effects Control (0-15) *1
Amp Type (0-32) w/o cabinet
change *3
Tap (Value > 63)
Request Controls
(Value = 80)
'Set Pos (0-15),
Set Character (32-127)
'Tuner Bypass Volume (0-127)
'Tuner Center Frequency (25-55)
Configuration (0-4=S1,S2,L1,L2,L3)
Live EQ Treble (0-127)
Live EQ Mid (0-127)
Live EQ Bass (0-127)
127=Tuner
see SysEx Documentation

MIDI connections
The MIDI standard (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) was developed in the
early 80s to enable different makes of electronic instruments to communicate
with each other. Over the years, the range of MIDI applications has constantly
expanded, and today it is standard practice to network entire recording studios
using the MIDI standard. The heart of such a network is a computer with
sequencer software that controls not only all the keyboards but also affects other
peripheral devices. In such a studio setup you can control the V-AMP 3 in real
time from a computer. For live performances in particular, you can also use a MIDI
foot controller to control both effect parameters and preset changes.
The MIDI connectors are international-standard 5-pin DIN connectors. To connect
your device to other MIDI equipment you will need dedicated MIDI cables.
Theyare commercially available in various standard lengths.
MIDI IN: This receives MIDI controller data. The receiving channel can be
adjusted in EDIT mode by pressing the A button and then using the arrow keys.
MIDI OUT/THRU: This sends data to a computer or any other device. Youcan
transmit both preset data and parameter changes. If set to MIDI THRU,
the V-AMP 3 does not send its own MIDI information, but passes on the signal
received at the MIDI IN connector. The TAP LED lights when the V-AMP 3 is set to
MIDI THRU (see the Edit mode section for details).

Sending/receiving MIDI SysEx data


The V-AMP 3 can receive system-exclusive data from other MIDI devices
provided that the MIDI function (button A) has been activated in EDIT mode.
However,this means that all presets on your device will be overwritten
automatically. Youcan also transmit MIDI data from your V-AMP 3 to other
devices (total dump) byswitching to EDIT mode and holding the MIDI button (A)
until the display reads d. The total dump function can be useful for transferring
all the stored data from your device to a MIDI sequencer and storing it there.

DOWN buttons simultaneously.

Activate the MIDI function and briefly tap the MIDI button. The preset data is

transmitted and first filed in the temporary buffer of the receiving V-AMP 3.

Store the new information in the preset position of your choice using the

store function.

MIDI IMPLEMENTATION CHART


Function

Transmitted

Received

Remarks

1-16

1-16

Mode

Note Number

Velocity

After Touch

Pitch Blender

MIDI Channel

Control Change

N (request only)

Wah Pedal

N (request only)

Volume Pedal

12

Amp Gain (0-127)

13

Amp Treble (0-127)

14

Amp Mid (0-127)

15

Amp Bass (0-127)

MIDI Implementation Chart

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Application
HPM1000

X1222USB

EP2000
X1204USB

Balanced or
unbalanced cables

VP1520
MIDI cable

FCB1010
MIDI Controller

Studio Recording

Live 1 Configuration

Live performance without a guitar amplifier

UCA222

" to RCA cable

HPM1000

AUX Input
EP2000

FS112V
(optional)

X1222USB

Jamming with a PC using UCA222

VP1520
GMX112
MIDI cable

B3031A
HPM1000

FCB1010
MIDI Controller
Live 3 Configuration

Live performance with a guitar amplifier


Direct Monitoring = On

Latency-free home recording using UCA222

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Online Registration
Please register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase
by visiting http://behringer.com and read the terms and conditions of our
warranty carefully.
Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, it is our intention to have it
repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service, please contact
the BEHRINGER retailer from whom the equipment was purchased. Shouldyour
BEHRINGER dealer not be located in your vicinity, you may directly contact
one of our subsidiaries. Corresponding contact information is included in the
original equipment packaging (Global Contact Information/European Contact
Information). Should your country not be listed, please contact the distributor
nearest you. A list of distributors can be found in the support area of our website
(http://behringer.com).
Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us process your repair
claims more quickly and efficiently.
Thank you for your cooperation!

Shipment
Your V-AMP 3 was carefully packed at the factory, and the packaging was
designed to protect the unit from rough handling. Nevertheless, we recommend
that you carefully examine the packaging and its contents for any signs of
physical damage that may have occurred during transit.
If the unit is damaged, please do NOT return it to BEHRINGER.

Instead,notify your dealer and the shipping company immediately.


Otherwise, claims for damage or replacement may not be honored.
Always use the original packing carton to prevent damage during

storage or transport.
Make sure that no children are left unsupervised with the unit or

itspackaging.
Please ensure proper disposal of all packing materials.

Specifications
Audio Inputs

Instrument input

" TS connector, unbalanced

Input impedence

1 Mohms

Max. input level

+9 dBu

Aux in stereo

" TRS stereo connector

Input impedence

15 kohms

Audio Outputs

Analog line outputs L/R

" TS connector, balanced

Output impedance

2.2 kohms

Max. output level

+20 dBu

Headphones connector

" TRS stereo connector, unbalanced

Max. input level

+15 dBu/100 ohms (+23 dBm)

MIDI

Type

5-pin DIN connector IN, OUT/THRU

Digital Signal Processing

Converter

24-bit delta-sigma,
64/128 x oversampling

Dynamics A/D

104 dB @ preamp Bypass

Dynamics D/A

92 dB

Sample rate

31.250 kHz

DSP

100 Mips

Delay time

max. 1,933 msecs.

Latency (Line In to Line Out)

approx. 5 msecs.

Display

Type

2-digit 7 segment LED display

Power Supply

Mains Voltage
USA/Canada

120 V~, 60 Hz

UK/Australia

240 V~, 50 Hz

Europe

230 V~, 50 Hz

China/Korea

220 V~, 50/60 Hz

Japan

100 V~, 50/60 Hz

Power consumption

13 W

Mains connection

external power supply unit

Dimensions/Weight

Dimensions (H x W x D)

3.1 x 10.5 x 7"


79 x 267 x 180 mm

Weight

1.6 lbs / 0.8 kg

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS
COMMISSION COMPLIANCE
INFORMATION

VIRTUAL AMPLIFICATION V-AMP 3

Responsible Party Name:

MUSIC Group Services US Inc.

Address:

18912 North Creek Parkway,


Suite 200 Bothell, WA 98011,
USA

Phone/Fax No.:

Phone: +1 425 672 0816


Fax: +1 425 673 7647

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complies with the FCC rules as mentioned in the followingparagraph:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a ClassB
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the followingmeasures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician forhelp.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
Important information:
Changes or modifications to the equipment not expressly approved by MUSIC Group
can void the users authority to use the equipment.

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